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Singapore IPA - Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Singapore IPA
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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BierFan on 01-29-2010)
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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: Arrives with a somewhat hazy amber color; the head displays nice retention and leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with grapefruit and other tropical fruit elements

Taste: The hop flavors dominate, up front, bringing citrus and pine along with some tropical fruit; the bread and caramel in the malt balances out the hops, in the middle; nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent IPA; nothing spectacular but a nice, middle of the road IPA

brentk56, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There are legendary ghost towns on Lake Michigan? You learn something new all the time, right? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light pine needles, toffee, and a few brief cameos from grapefruit zests in the back. The taste brings in more of the same, with some brighter and more plentiful grapefruit, sweeter toffee (approaching caramel), less earthiness in the greens, and a touch of leek, which dashes a lot of the previous gains. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally slick feel, and an ever-so-slightly sticky finish. Overall, an okay IPA, but one that never really finds a time to truly shine, leaving it to kinda wallow in an earned obscurity.

TMoney2591, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Single bottle, unknown date, a string of numbers on the bottom reads "0102 B2 0919".

Pours into a Bells tulip a high clarity orange, bright and jewel toned in the glass, an ample head of creamy foam, and plenty of lacing left behind. Looks good.

Smells a bit muted and mild. Bready pale malt with a hint of something floral and a touch medicinal.

Slick syrupy feel with a moderate bitterness and a trace of metallic notes in the back. Trace pine bitterness, bready sweet malts in the middle. Pretty ho hum and middle of the road. One and done here.

emerge077, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

A nice IPA. A bit too much ink and iodine on this, but it still works. Hearty hop characteristics contribute to a very earthy and hearty ipa that avoids the "light" and powerful citrus/oily/pine hop tone and sticks with a more robust and deeper offering. It could stand to be a bit more vibrant, imo.

RblWthACoz, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottle from Bob (klipper). Short-filled, so I'm guessing it was an employee take-home bottle. Code on bottom of the bottle says 282 12 B1W 0657 - bottled October 8th perhaps? Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - A half-finger of white foam settles to a very thin cap and thicker collar, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Very lightly hazed golden color with some visible bubbles.

S - Balanced East Coast vibe, with earthy, piney, and herbal hops dominating, on only a touch of citrus in the periphery. Perhaps a bit of cat pee as well. Biscuit and brown sugar malt backbone that's perhaps a bit cloying.

T - Again, very old-school, with palate-bruising bitterness and heavy grapefruit in the finish. The taste is very leafy and herbal, with pine and trace citrus. Malt is a bit more neutral in comparison to the aroma, with more of a bready vibe to it.

M - Medium body that's a bit watery and flaccid. Pleasant active carbonation, fairly dry in the finish, with an oily and resinous residual texture. Only the mildest alcohol warming near the end of the 12oz bottle.

D - This would have been good in 2006, but it's merely acceptable in 2012. You can still make killer IPAs with Columbus and Cascade if you try, but this has too much bitterness and is awfully heavy on the Columbus herbal flavors. Fine for a bottle, but not something I'd revisit.

MasterSki, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with about one finger of fluffy off white head, some of which hangs around.

Smell: The hops dominate with hints of sweetness and citrus. There is also a little bit of caramel on the nose.

Taste: Dominated by bitter citrus peel hops. There is also some grass and herbs as well as some pepper. In the background there is a bit of sweetness from the malt the complements the hops very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of fine bubbles. The carbonation makes the beer feel quite smooth. There is hardly any dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I would definitely drink it again if I get the chance. It is very well balanced.

oline73, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

imperialking, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/03/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent lacing left on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grapefruit, herbal, floral, orange, pine, some tropical fruits, and a bit of bread. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of big pine, herbal spiciness, biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and light tropical fruits. Good sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, biscuit, herbal spiciness, and citrus on the finish for a while. Decent balance of flavors; but the bready/herbal quality is a bit over the top for my liking. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly oily mouthfeel. A bit of prickly carbonation on the palate. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Good drinkability for the level of alcohol. Overall this is a solid IPA. Has nice aromas, but the taste is quite a bit different.

superspak, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

Saugatuck Singapore IPA is foggy enough to pass for a Victorian London alleyway - it'd take Charles Dickens to properly capture this beer's complexion. And yet, ironically, it still has the golden colour of a tropical sunset, making it appear rather bright despite the dense haze. Its head appears like a slide sample, all squished and splattered against the surface.

There's not enough trees in my backyard to match this bouquet's level of leafiness. Distinguished by its crudely earthy and pine qualities, this has enough herbalness to pass for a forest. In lieu of citric or tropical fruitiness, the aroma has a kind of 'cat pee' note which, odd as it sounds, is commonly attributed to Columbus hops. It's actually not such a bad thing.

The pungency is dialed down on the palate, though enough of the leafy and dried herb elements manage to make their mark. Cushioning the bitterness is a (nearly) sweet maltiness that tastes like a Louisiana-style biscuit and provides undertones of honey and cookie-dough. Though it retains its grassiness, the aftertaste ends up being much mellower than expected.

Some might find this brand of pungent bitterness to be a bit much for such a pale, simple malt profile, but I'm enjoying it. Granted, this bottle was opened days from its expiry date so it's possible the hops have faded some, allowing more bready character than was intended. Regardless, it scratches both hop and malt itches and let's on not a fraction of alcohol.

Singapore IPA is a very pleasant example of the style: slightly unconventional (eschewing the citrus and tropical fruits), it still has plenty of leafy, herbal, almost savory hoppiness (thanks in part to a lack of amber or toasted malts) and at neither average nor above average strength (near 7%), it makes a nice alternative to the usual archetype. Certainly enjoyed.

biegaman, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

dmorgan310, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Zaphog, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

Not overly impressed with this one. To me its closer to an English style IPA than an AIPA. Nevertheless, the appearance is nothing remarkable, clear golden color (I was able to avoid the massive settlement at the bottom of the bottle) with thin almost non existent white head. The smell is more bittering hops as well as the taste. The first few sips let's one know that alcohol is prevalent. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok....just expect more of an standard english IPA.

WoodBrew, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

dgilks, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

The head on this beer, just slightly tinted, starts off fluffy and creamy and settles to a craggy, billowing two fingers. Beyond that, it settles slowly, getting heavier as it does until it almost looks like a solid, though it does settle to a thick, fat island. All the while, it leaves chunky webbing clinging stickily to the top of the glass, followed by spotting.
There's a bright citrus hops bouquet with an accompaniment of floral bitterness and a touch of pine. It's mostly bright and juicy with some tropical fruits as well as citrus and the zest along with it, but it's balanced by mildly sweet malts with a bready character.
The pine and citrus combo is what hits the tongue at first, with just a light resinous pith. A little saltiness flashes in before leafy rawness, then the complementing caramel and breads. It drifts off a little at the end, but it's pretty impressive until then.
The feel is creamy with a light nip off a soft carbonation in a medium body that edges toward the lighter side.

Brenden, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

enelson, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

On tap at Fishbones in Detroit. Pours an amber color, mild clarity; the beer arrived with nearly no head at all except for a tiny, tiny collar around the very edge of the glass. Smell is upfront with the traditional hop-citrus combo; piney, herbal, and a bit spicy with oranges and grapefruit being the easiest fruits to pick out. Taste is no surprise, thanks to the aroma. Hop flavors crash first; pines, dry grass, leafy and herbal, with a slight peppery spice that starts off like it's going to be a problem, but then quickly shows itself to the background. The sweetness comes through a little while after to try and combat the hops. Oranges, grapefruit, and maybe a touch of pineapple. Slight caramel flavor from the malt, but far from heavy by any means. Medium body, pretty average amount of carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer, but I feel like it does nothing to really stand out in front of the vast majority of other IPAs out there. At a place that serves mainly BMC products on tap, this was a great choice. But in a store filled with hundreds of other beers, I'd probably never bother to revisit this one.

tectactoe, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +20%

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy golden orange body. Big, thick, marshmallowy, very light beige to white head. Good lacing. Lots of citrus rind and pineapple on the nose. Powdered sugar and candied fruit malt as well. Smells like a nicely-balanced IPA.

Citrus hop bitterness right away. Grapefruit and lemon. Toasted malt and marmalade fill in. Bitterness increases, nicely, with more citrus notes, and a little pine too. Light caramel and sugar cookie underneath. Minty hop bitterness lingers in the very dry, appetizing finish. Medium-full body with a nice, creamy feel. A very nice IPA, that fits in nicely with the other Michigan heavy hitters. Hope to see more bottles from this brewery!

alexgash, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.8%

smartassboiler, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

A: clear amber. Forms a frothy bit of white head. Okay retention. Decent amount of lacing. 4

S: pine and pine resin. Smells acrid and bitter, but in a good way. 4

T: starts off with some light, dry, caramel malts. Loads of pine and pine resin
Lead to a fairly strong bitterness. 4

M: medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness. 3.5

O: a solid IPA. Good flavor, strong bitterness. Certainly not a west coast IPA, but they don't all need to be either. 4

Florida9, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -11%

warnerry, May 09, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev +9%

A - pours an orangish yellow color with a nice frothy head that pretty much vanishes into the beer

S - nose is grass, pine, and citrus hop...smells nice

T - taste is similar. First on the tongue are the citrus flavors picked up in the nose. These move to more of a grainy malt flavor, but the hops surge back bringing bitter pine hops and some grapefruity rind bitterness.

M - smooth and full bodied, goes down well

D - this is a nice IPA. Hoppy, fruity, and bitter pine all come together to form the singapore IPA. I would recommend this if you are in the Saugatuck area.

birchstick, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Had this at the A2 Summer festival. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Poured a light golden copper with big two finger white head. Floral aroma with some sweet light citrus in the background, and just a hint of sweet pale malts. Flavor follows with a beautifully light citrus on the palate and just a hint of pale malt in the background to give it a nice sweetness. Finishes crisp as can be. Lightly slick, medium high carbonation, and easy drinking. Good stuff.

BMMillsy, Jul 02, 2012
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Singapore IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.